News

It's 2014: Lawyer says time for legal nude beaches

**WARNING: NUDITY** Nudist day at Alexandra Beach. Beach goers enjoy the sunshine. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
**WARNING: NUDITY** Nudist day at Alexandra Beach. Beach goers enjoy the sunshine. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

A LEADING criminal lawyer has called for a debate on the legalisation of designated nudist beaches.

It follows comments by a magistrate questioning a police crackdown at Alexandria Bay in Noosa National Park.

"It's 2014. We are adults, it's time for a debate," Bill Potts, a practising lawyer of 33 years, said.

"We live in a society that wants to protect our children and be free of people's bad behaviour."

RELATED: Opinion: Noosa needs to stand up for nudists rights

"But we don't want to be too prudish. If it is remote and designed, it would hardly be offensive."

Magistrate John Hodgins said the laws around disrobing at the Noosa nude playground needed clarification.

Mr Hodgins was dealing with a case of wilful exposure against 54-year-old Ricky William Ross.

"It's 2014. We are adults, it's time for a debate," Bill Potts.

He said that because police usually turned a blind eye to the well known, long-time, nudist beach, he was surprised by the latest charge to come before him.

Mr Hodgins said while the court usually operated in black and white, sometimes there were shades of grey.

"This is one of those things that need to be clarified," he said.

**WARNING: NUDITY** Nudist day at Alexandra Beach. Competitors enjoy the sack race. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
**WARNING: NUDITY** Nudist day at Alexandra Beach. Competitors enjoy the sack race. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Noosa Heads Senior Constable Michael Phelan said the police acted only on legitimate complaints and then appropriate action was taken.

However, he said policing was guided by community expectations.

"Out of sight, out of mind," he said.

Sen Const Phelan said the patrols were a response to nudists taking regular walks along public places such as the Tanglewood or Hells Gate tracks.

"When visitors, families and people, especially with young kids, are confronted with this, they find it very disconcerting," he said.

Police prosecutor Melissa Campbell told Noosa Magistrates Court that a complaint from the public had led to the arrest of Mr Ross on a charge of wilful exposure.

Ms Campbell said police found him exposing his genitals in a sand dune.

When the defendant heard the charges he became agitated and appeared not to agree with them.

However, after his solicitor explained that it was the lawful wording used for nudity charges, he pleaded guilty.

The defence lawyer said that Mr Ross had been nude sunbathing and he had no intention to offend.

Mr Hodgins placed Mr Ross on a three-month good behaviour bond.

Topics:  beach law nudist


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Buskers have time to enter Noosa comp

GET ENTRIES IN: Australian National Busking Championships are coming to Noosa.

Deadline extended for National Busking Championships in Noosa

Road closures and changed conditions start this weekend

DELAYS EXPECTED: Heading home through North Toowoomba this afternoon? Congestion is expected as Transport and Main Roads carry out works on Ruthven St between Campbell and Bridge Sts.

Sporting event and road works will impact traffic from Sunday

Biggest Morning Tea upsizes to fight cancer

Annie Evans from Cancer Council Noosa organised this year's biggest morning tea at the Noosa Boathouse.

Morning tea raises more than $3000

Local Partners

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

Buskers have time to enter Noosa comp

GET ENTRIES IN: Australian National Busking Championships are coming to Noosa.

Deadline extended for National Busking Championships in Noosa

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

Privacy and views in the heart of Noosa

Immaculate residence in exclusive Noosa Heads gated community

Saddle up for Noosa hinterland horse property

Purpose-built horse complex and residence on cleared 5.26ha

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!